Seven Last Words 07


During this time by the Cross of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we are going to look at what are known as His Seven Last Words which are actually phrases of the Dying Jesus taken from the Gospels.

I am going to assign a one word description to each phrase. The first six fit into three pairs: doubt and faith; forgiveness and hope; dependence and love. This pairing involves re-ordering the phrases but it allows us to contemplate the three great Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity and not so much their opposites as their commentaries, doubt, forgiveness and dependence.

Finally, we will sum up our thoughts in a meditation on the final words of Jesus: "It is finished", under the heading of "responsibility".

There is an Epilogue appended for use between the end of the Liturgy of the Cross and the commencement of the Easter Vigil.


Please select a section:

  1. Doubt
  2. Faith
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Hope
  5. Dependence
  6. Love
  7. Responsibility
  8. Epilogue